I am drawn to geometry, symmetry, pattern, and diagram, and my paintings are acts of locating beauty and meaning in their messages. Merging elements of expressionism and minimalism, I use color, form, texture, and line to create paintings that are at once exuberant and contained, emotional and logical. The tension that arises from this opposition drives both the subject and the process of my work.
The Greek word palimpsest translates roughly to "again (palin) I scrape (psao)." Scribed on papyrus or waxed tablets, ancient academic texts were often pumiced down and reused for religious purposes centuries later. This historical layering is the inspiration which informs my process. I paint mostly on wood panels prepared with marble dust or plaster, then lay down multiple forms. Working the surface gradually, I layer, rub out, carve back into, or stain to reveal new reference points on the surface or to skew the underlying structures. New marks, scars, and lines trail from forms or reconnect them. The navigation between the emotional, rational, and historical parts of a painting takes on an imperfect logic all its own. For me, this is beauty.
Christine Crockett is a visual artist and teacher based in the San Francisco bay area. She has exhibited in group and solo exhibits throughout California, and holds an MFA degree in poetry.